Recipe for Greek Style Fava and Carrot Pilaf

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This pilaf dish is commonly prepared throughout Greece when the fava beans are fresh and in season in early spring. Carrots are readily available throughout the year, but they’re at their sweetest and most tender in the early spring.

Greek Style Fava and Carrot Pilaf (Pilafi me Fava ke Karota) Recipe Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons Greek olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pound young carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 cup long grain rice, uncooked
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups shelled fava beans
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh, chopped parsley

Instructions on How to Make Greek Style Fava and Carrot Pilaf:

Pour the olive oil into a large saucepan and set the heat to medium. Let the oil warm for a minute or two.

Add the onion and carrot and sauté together until the onions soften. This should take about five minutes.

Stir in the rice and the bay leaf and cook for about another minute. Stir in the broth and water and let cook for about a minute.

Add the fava beans, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and stir. Cover the saucepan and set the heat to low. Let the pilaf simmer until all the moisture is gone and the rice is soft. This should take about 15 minutes. Stir in the parsley just before serving.

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